With pleasant weather inspiring people to venture outdoors, August is an amazing time to visit Utah's capital of Salt Lake City for arts, music, and sporting events, as well as special festivals and community celebrations. From the colorful Hot Air Balloon Festival in nearby Sandy, Utah, to live musical performances at the State Room, you're sure to enjoy great summer events on your trip to Salt Lake City this August.
In 2020, many large gatherings in Utah have been canceled or moved online, so be sure to check the event organizer's website for the latest details.
The festival has been canceled for 2020.
The fundraiser event for the Kimball Art Center, which has taken place for 50 years and funds youth and adult artist programs around the city, takes place in August. Featuring the works of more than 200 artists, including pieces in visual arts, performance art, music, film, and artisan food tastings, the Park City Kimball Arts Festival is usually held on historic Main Street in Park City.
Major League Soccer (MLS) will restart its 2020 season with all teams playing at Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida, so it will not be possible to attend a game in Salt Lake City this August.
The Real Salt Lake (RSL) men's soccer club is a member of MLS's Western Conference. While the season kicks off in June, August is normally packed with a few away games across the U.S. and home contests at the Rio Tinto Stadium in the suburb of Sandy, Utah, which is a short ride from downtown via the TRAX light rail system. RSL has been a fixture of the MLS since 2004 when Salt Lake City was awarded an expansion team that joined for the 2005 season.
The Minor League Baseball season has been canceled for 2020.
August is usually a busy month for the Salt Lake Bees, the Triple-A club of Major League Baseball's Los Angeles Angels. The Bees play the stretch run of their season this month, and typically host home games at Smith's Ballpark in downtown Salt Lake City against Pacific Coast League foes like the Oklahoma City Dodgers, New Orleans Baby Cakes, El Paso Chihuahuas, and Reno Aces.
In 2020, the garden is open but Family Nights have not been rescheduled.
Family Nights at the courtyard in Red Butte Garden take place on Mondays in June, July, and August, featuring music, dance, crafts, and activities associated with cultures from around the world. Past years' events have been performed by Island Traditions, a South Jordan-based dance group. They honor island traditions from Hawaii, New Zealand, Tahiti, and Samoa with authentic dances, music, and clothing.
This race has been canceled for 2020.
The Larry H. Miller Tour of Utah is a Union Cycliste Internationale (UCI)-classified bike race with a 477-mile (768-kilometer) route across northern Utah. Various UCI teams compete each year in the event, which runs for a week in August. The event begins with a short "Prologue" that's 3.3 miles round trip in Snowbird Resort in Little Cottonwood Canyon, and then takes place over six stages during the next six days, ending up in Park City, 35 minutes from the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Some concerts at this venue have been postponed or canceled in 2020, so be sure to check the official schedule for the most up-to-date details.
The Depot is a live music venue that has featured national musicians like Robert Plant, B.B. King, and Jeff Beck since 2006. This concert venue at the historic Union Pacific train depot at the Gateway outdoor complex can hold up to 1,200 people in its four levels. It's located in downtown Salt Lake City near the Vivint Smart Home Arena and the Clark Planetarium.
The festival has not been officially canceled for 2020, but the town of Sandy is enforcing a cap of 50 people for mass gatherings, so it's unclear if the festival is still on. Check the organizer's website for the latest details.
For two days in August, the Sandy Hot Air Balloon Festival starts with sunrise launches at Storm Mountain Park. Coffee, muffins, and other breakfast goods for sale will help get the day started. The Balloon Glow celebration on the second evening at South Towne Promenade includes a display of illuminated hot air balloons and fun activities for all ages, ranging from face painting to bounce houses to a dance party and food trucks.
The 2020 iteration of this festival will be held virtually from August 7 to 9 on an interactive digital platform, which will include interacting with and purchasing from artisans.
The Craft Lake City "Do It Yourself" (DIY) Festival is a handmade art, science, and technology gathering promoting over 250 local artisans, DIY engineers, craft foodies, vintage vendors, and performance artists who will attend. This annual outdoor alternative art festival that has taken place for over 10 years offers participants a chance to create silk-screened posters, deconstructed and reconstructed clothing, jewelry, knitting, and other forms of arts and crafts.
The festival has not been rescheduled for 2020.
The annual Utah Beer Festival usually takes place over a mid-August weekend at the Utah State Fair Park. This celebration of brews brings together local brewers presenting over 200 different beers and ciders. The event is strictly for guests aged 21 and over. In addition to having live music, there are special activities to enjoy as well as 15 diverse local food carts and trucks on-site in case you get the munchies. You may buy a single-day ticket or a two-day pass in advance.
The theatre's 2020 season has been canceled.
Hosted by Southern Utah University in Cedar City, the Utah Shakespeare Festival, a Tony Award-winning, professional theatre, might be a little out of the way from Salt Lake City, but with shows all month long, you won't regret making the roughly three-and-a-half-hour trip. Several performances even tend to continue through October at the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Center for the Arts. The festival includes activities like backstage tours, play orientations, and costume and prop seminars.
All performances at the State Room have been either postponed or canceled throughout August 2020.
One of Salt Lake City's favorite small music venues with a full bar is the 21+ State Room downtown. With both theater seating and a dance floor and local and touring acts, the State Room is a great place to go for a casual drink and concert, so check the lineup before your trip to see who's playing.